Hot, buttered popcorn, with a side of caviar

Remember the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer tried to sneak a latte into a movie theater and burned himself? Moviegoers may not have to sneak lattes or any other food item into theaters again, thanks to a new trend in expanding concession stand items.

Newer options include coffee and cookies, espresso and biscotti, fruit drinks and bottled water, and self-serve gourmet candy.

While coffee and cookies have been popular for years in artsy-type theaters (like the Tower in Salt Lake City), mainstream theaters still sell more popcorn, nachos and soda.

Whatever the item, one thing's for sure - if it's sold in movie theaters, it'll be overpriced.

Eau de Fiji

Cynics have long suspected that pretentious bottled water really comes from French bathroom faucets, but now there's a new twist on the market, from the Fiji islands.

Fiji Natural Artesian Water claims it really does taste better, and it comes from a tropical aquifier fed by rainfall on the main island of Viti Levu.

The water reportedly makes excellent coffee and tea, and tastes smooth and soft when drunk straight from the bottle.

Even though it comes from far away, Fiji Natural Artesian Water costs the same as other bottled waters - less than $2 for a 1.5 liter bottle.

On the other hand, you're paying money for water!

Different strokes . . .

Do you like your cheesecake smooth like silk, or do you think a few cracks add character? According to the New York Times "Food Chain," it's all good.

The column says there are two types of cheesecake. One is a dense, creamy custard with a deeper flavor, harder crust, an occasional crack. The other is smooth, evenly baked custard, with a soft crust and no cracks.

The "Food Chain" article did not say anything about the character of those who prefer one type over the other. Although, it would seem that people who appreciate cheesecake on a deeper level would prefer the cracked kind, whereas the smooth variety would attract those who care more about appearances. Just a thought.

The smooth dessert requires a recipe that calls for putting the cake pan in a hot-water bath in the oven. The cracked style is baked at a higher temperature for 15 minutes, then finished at a very low temperature.

The article advises to only use trusted recipes with something as tricky as cheesecake, and those recipes should be scrupulously followed.